Goodwill relies upon the sales of donated items to create jobs and fund our job training programs for people with disabilities, disadvantages, and other barriers to employment. In fact, 93 cents of every dollar goes into funding these programs. Simply put, your donations help us create jobs and put people back to work, and we believe that work has the power to transform lives. The power of work allows those we serve to gain self-esteem and become independent, self-sufficient citizens.
Goodwill always acts in the best interest of public safety, and for that reason, there are some items that legally we cannot accept. We never want you to make the trip to a donation center only to be turned away when items do not meet current safety regulations. Below we have provided a link to recalled items and a list of unacceptable items, as well as tips for making the donation process easier for you.
- Separate clothing from household items in boxes or bags.
- Wash or dry-clean clothing. Keep shoes paired by using a rubber band.
- Wrap breakables in newspaper and place in boxes.
- Test electrical equipment (wrap cords around items) and battery-operated items.
- Include all pieces and parts to children’s games and toys.
- If donating a vehicle, include clear title and keys.
- Clean computer hard drives of personal and business information and include the operating system.
- Postmark or hand-deliver all financial contributions by December 31.
- Leave items unattended outside a collection center.
- Donate broken or soiled items.
- Give items that have been recalled, banned, or do not meet current safety standards. For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Items We Cannot Accept
Due to the high cost of disposal and stringent government regulations, Goodwill cannot accept the following items. Thank you for your understanding.
- Any televisions*
- Paint, cleaning supplies, or other hazardous materials
- Mattresses, box springs, bed pillows, and water bed components
- Broken, stained, or worn furniture
- Plumbing or building supplies
- Automobile parts or tires
- Hot water heaters, water softeners, and furnaces
- Inoperable or damaged appliances
*Through our partnership with the City of Fort Worth take unwanted electronics to one of their three drop off locations (visit the City’s website for addresses) for recycling. The drop-off stations will accept computer equipment and many other electronic items. These items will then be recycled. Goodwill only accepts TVs at our donation drop off located at: 4005 Campus Drive, Fort Worth TX, 76119. We gladly accept all other miscellaneous electronics including computer equipment at any of our donation drop off locations.
Thank you for your donation. You are making a difference in the lives of real people in our community.